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March 2013Vol. 14, No. 2Youth Credentials Tool

By 2018, more than two-thirds of the projected 47 million job openings will require some postsecondary education or training, according to a study based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Youth can improve their chances of finding  good-paying jobs by attaining credentials that employers desire.

The Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Division of Youth Services in the U.S. Department of Labor has launched Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century. The tool provides youth with a step-by-step process for attaining credentials in occupations that are in high demand. The four steps include:

  • Finding high-demand occupations using Labor Market Information (LMI)
  • Finding promising occupations for youth served by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs
  • Determining occupations with pathways to career advancement
  • Discovering credentials needed for identified promising occupations

The Credentials for Youth tool also offers examples of programs already helping youth attain credentials in Georgia, California, and Indiana.

Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century is available here: